Yearly Archives: 2010

The saga of UAB’s split with Sarrell Dental was recently listed among the top 20 stories of 2010 in the Anniston Star.

Former NFL running back Joe Profit folded his large frame into a childsized chair and bent over the similarly sized table in the Tenth Street Elementary cafeteria and spoke to a group of students who hung on his every word. In the hallway, a young girl saw him and ran over to give him a hug. He stopped talking long enough to return it.

After four days of working with the students through the We Want to be Authors program, Profit has become a treasured member of the school, and he loves it.

This Wednesday, Santa visited about 100 kids at Tanner Head Start Center and Elkton Road Head Start Center on behalf of Sarrell Dental Center, a non-profit dental center that serves children on Medicaid, All Kids and BlueCross BlueShield.

“I am intrigued and impressed by their model of care,” said Frank Catalanotto, professor and chair of the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science at the University of Florida. “I want to see what they are doing and see what I can learn from it.”

More than 130,000 indigent Alabama children took it in the teeth Monday. The culprit was the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry.

Not long ago, Michele Bowie’s granddaughter, Natylia, was suffering from what she described as a terrible mouth pain.

The dental facility is a self-sustaining, non-profit group that provides dental care to children with Medicaid and ALL Kids insurance.

With the gusto of a second-grader, Jasmine Gill opened wide for the dentist Tuesday morning at Tanner School. She showed no fear, no dread, just a beautiful smile. She and other Limestone County students are taking advantage of the free dental screenings offered at their schools this month.

The “open wide” instruction is something most of us worried about as children. But a screening service in Athens offers no drills, no fillings, and no pulled teeth. A retired dentist, Dr. Thomas Dowling is offering his services here for free.

A statewide non-profit organization is working to increase the number of Alabama children who get dental care and education.

Sarrell Dental will soon have eight offices across the state, including one in Talladega.

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